• Legislative roundup: Bill to protect municipalities from water rights violations moves to Colorado Senate

    By MEGAN SCHRADER AND NEWS SERVICES megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    DENVER - A bill to protect municipalities from claims of water rights violations over stormwater detention facilities and wildfire mitigation efforts passed committee Wednesday and is headed to the Senate floor. Senate Bill 212, by Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, was drafted in response to a...

  • After attack, Colorado lawmakers advance fetal homicide bill

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    DENVER -€” A woman accused of cutting into the belly of an expectant mother to claim the unborn child can't be charged under Colorado law with murder. But Republicans in the state Senate advanced a bill Wednesday aimed at changing that situation. Republicans have drafted a proposal...

  • Three debates scheduled for Colorado Springs mayoral candidates

    The Gazette -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    A mayoral runoff debate between Mary Lou Makepeace and John Suthers will be conducted by El Pomar Foundation's Forum for Civic Advancement and KOAA TV-5. The event, moderated by KOAA anchor Rob Quirk, will be from 6 to 7 p.m. May 5 at Penrose House Garden Pavilion, 1661 Mesa Ave.,...

  • Colorado lawmakers start work on marijuana refund proposal

    Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    DENVER — The final numbers are in, and Colorado owes its residents some $58 million in pot tax refunds. But state lawmakers start work Wednesday on a proposal to ask voters if the state can keep the money. Colorado's constitution requires new taxes to be refunded when overall tax...

  • Colorado Springs lawmaker back on committee, will hold town hall Wednesday

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    DENVER - Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt was restored to a committee Tuesday that he was removed from for saying the attack of a pregnant woman in Longmont was a "curse of God." Klingenschmitt, R-Colorado Springs, was removed from the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee by...

  • Colorado lawmakers expected to push education testing bills on Wednesday

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    DENVER - Lawmakers' two best hopes left this session to address concerns about too much testing could pass each other in the night Wednesday on their way to the other chamber of the Colorado General Assembly. The question is: Which will survive in the chamber ruled by the opposite...

  • Legislative roundup: Colorado lawmakers likely to ask voters to keep pot TABOR money

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Lawmakers introduced a bill Monday that would put a measure on the November ballot asking Colorado voters if the state can keep an estimated $58 million collected in marijuana taxes. House Bill 1367 would allow the state to keep the revenue it collected from a 15 percent excise tax...

  • New Colorado Springs City Councilmen get sworn in

    BY BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Four Colorado Springs City Councilmen were sworn into office Tuesday, including Merv Bennett, who later was unanimously elected the council's president. Councilwoman Jill Graebler was chosen president pro tem, with the only no vote coming from Councilwoman Helen Collins. And...

  • CSPD chief, EPSO sheriff, district attorney to speak at community forum Tuesday night

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    The Colorado Springs police chief, El Paso County sheriff and 4th Judicial Disctrict attorney are holding a forum Tuesday night to talk about community issues. Chief Pete Carey, Sheriff Bill Elder and District Attorney Dan May will be special guests at the "Community 'Let's Talk,'"...

  • Colorado school violence lawsuits approved after emotional debate

    Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    DENVER — A novel effort to reduce school violence by making public schools legally liable for keeping kids safe has been approved by the Colorado Senate. But the approval came only after an emotional debate about whether the liability measure would make school shootings less common,...

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